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David's Mother (1994)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 10 April 1994
A woman estranged from her husband and family insists on caring for her autistic son alone.

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Sally Goodson
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John Nils
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Bea
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David Goodson (as Michael Goorjian)
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Philip
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Gladys Johnson
Jack Duffy ...
Doorman
Amanda Blitz ...
Susan - 10-12 Years
Steven Ivany ...
David - 5-9 Years
Caroline Yeager ...
Social Worker
Renessa Blitz ...
Susan - 8 Years
Bob Zidel ...
Stephen
Nicole Greenspan ...
Justine
Kazuya Takahashi ...
Waiter
Marcell Rosenblatt ...
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Sally Goodson has been raising her autistic son David alone since her husband left many years ago. Now a social worker discovers that Sally has been dodging 'The System' to keep her son with her, instead of putting him in an institution. Each feels they know what's best for David. But their opinions are not the same. Sally's developing relationship with John Nils is caught in the middle. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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She sacrificed the perfect life to be the perfect mother.

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Poor David...
7 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Although Kirstie Alley is normally a very good actress, in THIS particular production, I found her to be rude, obnoxious, and a down-right SLOB. She is so bitter that she relies on sarcasm to get her through life. Her son is Autistic, she's a Pig....how's that for a summary?

Her sister (portrayed by the ALWAYS-wonderful Stockard Channing) decides it's time for Kirstie Alley's character to meet a man. This is depsite the fact that her home is a pig-sty and she looks like a bag lady...

She is introduced to a character named John Nils, portrayed by the EVEN MORE ALWAYS WONDERFUL Sam Waterston. He is sweet, gentle, kind, and bloody beautiful. He tries his heart out to help her change her attitude towards her handicapped child, and give him a chance to get some treatment, as well as enter a program for children with Autism. Of course this enrages Ms. Alley's character. However, after bedding down with Mr. Nils (Mr. Waterston looks divine in a black velour bathrobe), she realizes he's right about her kid - but wrong for her....naaaah. She doesn't love him enough to stay with him. And she decides to tell him this in his store. What a TERRIFIC CHICK this is...of course, he loves HER, so you can see the pain in his eyes when she tells him, for all intents and purposes, that it's over between them...

In my personal opinion, I was kinda hoping they'd commit HER along with her poor son. She was simply boorish, and of course wasn't helping the poor boy anyway.

I came away from this with a "yecch" expression. If you're going to put someone opposite the ever kind/generous/loving/extremely talented Sam Waterston, let it NOT be Kirstie Alley. If only they'd allowed Stockard Channing to play the part, the whole movie would've had much more class to it..


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